3 Recipes for people who can’t cook

Realistically, at uni, there will be some people who simply have never had a make a dish in their whole lives. For these poor readers, please find below some recipes that are foolproof. You cannot go wrong and they are the perfect starting point for your kitchen careers. You might soon even branch out into cooking group meals.

Pasta, tuna, peas and cheese

  1. Boil a kettle and then empty it in a saucepan big enough to hold all the pasta you need. Heat until there are bubbles.
  2. Pour the pasta in and look at the packet to see how long it says to cook it for – normally around 9-11 mins.
  3. Grate some cheese ready for the final product while the pasta is cooking.
  4. Two minutes before the pasta is due to finish cooking, pour in some frozen peas to cook alongside.
  5. Using a colander or a sieve, drain the saucepan over the sink and catch your (hopefully cooked) pasta and peas.
  6. Pour the pasta and pea combo onto a plate and mix with the grated cheese.
  7. Open up a tin of tuna using a tin opener and drain the water/oil out into the sink.
  8. Smash up the tuna with a fork before pouring into your pasta dish and mix up.
  9. Enjoy! 

Baked potato, beans and cheese 

  1. Stab a baked potato with a fork several times and put it in the microwave for 5-7 mins. Do NOT put the fork in the microwave.
  2. sprinkle the potato with some salt and oil.
  3. Put the potato into the oven (preheated to 180 c or 160 c for a fan oven). Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the potato.
  4. Sit back and watch some tv, do some work, put your washing in while your potato cooks.
  5. 10 mins before the potato is ready, pour a tin of baked beans into a saucepan and place on the hob on a low heat.
  6. Stir regularly and cook until the beans are hot the whole way through.
  7. Take the potato out, cut it open (careful – it will be hot) and slide a wedge of butter inside to make it creamy and delicious.
  8. Pour the beans over and top with some grated cheese.
  9. Finish on the side with a few salad leaves if you’re feeling fancy and dig in!

Greek salad

  1. Chop up some cucumber, tomatoes, salad leaves, red onion, feta and put onto your plate. Hot tip: chop around the root of the onion to keep it intact – this will stop the eye-watering odour from being released!
  2. Add some black olives and croutons (or a couple of slices of buttered toast on the side).
  3. Dress with balsamic vinegar, oil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Your healthy and exotic meal awaits…

If you try out any of these recipes, please share your photos and tag me in them! 

Imogen Byers

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